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The spotted cats
Tapply, William G.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, 1991.
Physical Description:
241 pages ; 22 cm
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Author Notes

William G. Tapply was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on July 16, 1940. He graduated from Harvard University in 1963. He wrote more than 40 books during his lifetime including the Brady Coyne mysteries series, the Stoney Calhoun Novel series, and numerous non-fiction books about fly fishing and the outdoors. He was also a contributing editor for Field and Stream, a columnist for American Angler, and part of The Writer magazine editorial board. He was an English professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and ran The Writers Studio at Chickadee Farm with his wife Vicki Stiefel. He died on July 28, 2009 after a battle with leukemia.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

There are really two kinds of Brady Coyne mysteries: the first are set in or near Boston and involve the lethargic lawyer being forced to turn sleuth, though he would rather be fishing; in the second type, set in some suitably idyllic rural retreat, he actually is fishing, though the solitary poetry of man and fly rod is invariably violated by murder. This time the action begins on Cape Cod, where Brady has driven to spend a weekend with cranky client Jeff Newton. Things turn ugly when Brady is held at knifepoint, Newton is assaulted, and a collection of solid-gold leopard figurines is stolen. With Newton in a coma, Brady sets out to find the culprits. The search takes him, fortuitously, to West Yellowstone, Montana, which just happens to be fly-fisherman's heaven. What we have here, then, is a sampling of Brady in both his venues: a little New England ambience as an appetizer, followed by a trip to the wilds, where fish stories served with murder are once again the Blue Plate Special. Tapply has been juggling this formula through 10 books; like your favorite fishing hat, it may be a mite tired, but it's still damn comfortable. ~--Bill Ott

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tapply toys with but never fully explores the metaphor of the hunter and the hunted in lawyer/sleuth Brady Coyne's 10th outing. Professional hunter Jeff Newton has lived as an embittered and near-friendless invalid since being attacked by a wounded leopard in Africa. Brady, his lawyer, is visiting him on Cape Cod when Newton's seven solid-gold pre-Columbian jaguar statuettes given to Newton by a Mayan chief as reward for slaying the wild cat that mauled his son, are stolen. Brady is knocked out after the crooks superficially slit his throat and Jeff, bashed in the head, falls into a coma. Only Lily, Jeff's seductive, lonely, longtime housekeeper, remains unharmed. Enraged by the attack, Brady hunts for the thieves, his search eventually taking him to Montana, where the crime is resolved. While Tapply ( Dead Meat ) writes dialogue with Spartan economy, Brady's tendency to ruminate--about fishing or about his personal ambivalences--diminishes the impact of his character. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

While staying at a client's house in Cape Cod, lawyer Brady Coyne ( The Marine Corpse, Dead Winter ) witnesses the theft of seven pre-Colombian gold and emerald jaguars. The first real clue to the whereabouts of the stolen cats, a phone call from Montana, draws Brady to the fishing paradise of West Yellowstone, where he tangles with a dubious and financially unstable developer/collector, unwittingly endangers friends, and encounters more roughnecks. Practiced and talented, author Tapply exhibits fine form as he swiftly and surely puts Coyne through his usual measured paces. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.